UWB Photo Blog Images of demonstrations in various parts of south-eastern Nepal
Madhesis of the hill origin took out a peace rally in Lahan, Siraha on Saturday (3 Feb) stressing on harmony among residents in the region and expressing their solidarity with the deamands of Madhes. Pic by Bharat Jarghamagar
Civil society of Jaleshwor, Dhanusa and young people organized a peaceful demonstration. Participants of the rally wore dhoti-kurta, the dress of Terai, and carried lathis. Pic by Rabindra Upreity
District administrations in various central and eastern Terai towns clamped fresh curfew orders today with the Terai unrest showing no sign of receding in the region for the 20th day running. The District Administration Office (DAO) Birgunj issued a day curfew today effective from 8am to 8pm while the DAO Sarlahi clamped a curfew from 7:30am to 8pm in various places across the district. Likewise, Biratnagar saw a fresh curfew order from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening, issued today. In Sunsari the district administration allowed a five-hour respite from the indefinite curfew clamped there, easing life in Inaruwa where locals came out of the homes to purchase daily necessities between 5am to 10am today. A protester of Madheshi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF), namely Dipendra Sahin Parsa 40, of Madhuwan Mathwal VDC-9 was killed and 20 others injured yesterday during clashes with police in Birgunj. Four of the seriously injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by an army chopper and admitted to the Bir Hospital for treatment, according to the Nepal Army Directorate of Public Relations. (text by eKantipur)
Injured journalists show the wounds in Birgunj. They complain that police intentionally beat them while covering demonstrations. Inspector General of Armed Police Force Basudev Oli has instructed the commanders on the ground not to bar journalists from covering the events. Pics by Subodh Singh
Unruly demonstrators waiting for the police to ararive so that they could attack. Many people think the movement has gone out of control of those who actually started it.
Maoist affiliated Madhesi National Liberation Front and Nepali Congress (Democratic) organized separate protest programs to show their solidarity with Madhesi demands. Another rally burnt effigies of Maoist leader Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala in Janakchowk. Pic by Shyam Sundar Shasi
Birgunj remained tense throughout Saturday (3 Feb). Around 30 demonstrators were injured and two died. Demonstrators claimed that Armed Police fired bullets upon them. Sanjay Gupta was seriously injured after a bullet hit him on neck. It has been revealed that Gupta is an Indian and was taking part in the demonstrations. He is the resident of Raxaual, an Indian town. Pic by Subodh Singh